Lobo #1
(December 1965)

Dell, 1965 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1965-08-03
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
Dell [rectangle]
Editing
Don Arneson

Issue Notes

Lobo was the first black character to have his own comic book. Like the Lone Ranger he is wealthy but instead of silver bullets he leaves behind gold coins with the imprint of a wolf and an L. Like Zorro and The Phantom he leaves behind his mark impressing his gold coin emblem on the forehead of criminals. On-sale date from 1966 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
Keywords
Old West

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Lobo / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
D. J. Arneson ?
Pencils
Bill Fraccio
Inks
Tony Tallarico
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Branded for life!
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Lobo
Keywords
gunfight; Old West; wanted poster

Indexer Notes

12-439-512

Lobo (Table of Contents: 1)

Lobo / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
D. J. Arneson
Pencils
Bill Fraccio
Inks
Tony Tallarico
Letters
typeset

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Lobo
Synopsis
"Following the tragic war between the states thousands of ex-soldiers left the war-torn east and headed west. Cowboys came in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments... and they created all sorts of legends. Some were good, some were bad and some were indifferent. Whatever they were...Lobo could have been one of them"
Keywords
Old West

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Lobo (Table of Contents: 2)

Lobo / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
D. J. Arneson; Tony Tallarico ? (plot (see notes))
Pencils
Bill Fraccio
Inks
Tony Tallarico
Colors
?
Letters
Tony Tallarico ?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Lobo; Midnight (Lobo's horse); Ace; Smoker; Red Carson; Mr. Tompkins (prospector); Johnson
Synopsis
Lobo is a Union soldier who goes west after the Civil War ends. He hires as a ranch hand who gets wrongly blamed for killing the boss. He sets out to clear his name with good deeds. He saves a miner's life and the miner gives him his gold mine.
Keywords
cattle drive; Civil War; gold; Old West

Indexer Notes

There is a dispute over the creation of Lobo. Tony Tallarico stated that he created and character and plotted the story. D. J. Arenson claims he created, plotted and wrote the strip. Interviews with both men can be read here:

http://jamiecoville.com/blog/blog/2016/08/17/lobo-creators-interview-dj-ar…


I listed Lobo as the title because the character is actually un-named. He is dubbed Lobo the lone wolf by the men against him. He adopts the Lobo title and his real name is never revealed. It is very interesting that color is not mentioned in the story and people do not react to the fact that Lobo is black.

Story is comprised of six chapters. Part 1 "April, 1965" 4 pages; Part 2 "First Signs of Trouble....." 4 pages; Part 3 "On the Trail" 6 pages; Part 4 "The Brand Sticks" 6 pages; Part 5 "An Old "Friend"" 9 pages;
Part 6 "A Sad Ending" 3 pages.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Branded for life!"]
    Lobo
  2. 1. Lobo
    Lobo
  3. 2. Lobo
    Lobo
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